Exhibition – Making Nature: How We See Animals

Wellcome Collection, London, 1 December 2016 — 21 May 2017

Curated by Honor Beddard

Exhibited are over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography  reflecting what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us.

The collection includes works by contemporary artists such as Allora, Calzadilla and Phillip Warnell and asks how and why we look at animals and what we see when we do that. It is organised around four themes: ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’, and it opens with Marcus Coates’ Degreecoordinates, Shared traits of the Hominini (Humans, Bonobos and Chimpanzees), 2015.

‘Making Nature’ reveals the hierarchies in our view of the natural world, and questions how these influence our actions and inactions towards the planet: from the formalisation of natural history as a science, through the establishment of museums and zoos, to lavish contemporary wildlife documentaries.

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More info and the free downloadable large print guide text (also available in the gallery) are available here.

Exhibition- Animal Tales

Image courtesy of the artist Darren Waterston and the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Image courtesy of the artist Darren Waterston and the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Animal Tales

Open until Sun 1 Nov. 2015 (Free)

The British Library, London

The exhibition contains stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Ted Hughes’s Crow. As the curator suggests, the stories people tell about animals are often stories about them. Through these Animal Tales, questions concerning the role of animals in children and adult literature are addressed.

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